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ESk Geisl 18VII/3 — drótt ‘the court’

Fúss emk, þvít vann vísir,
— vas hann mestr konungr flestra —
drótt nemi mærð — ef mættak,
manndýrðir, stef vanda.
Greitt má gumnum létta
guðs ríðari stríðum;
rǫskr þiggr allt, sem œskir,
Óláfr af gram sólar.

Fúss emk vanda stef, ef mættak, þvít vísir vann manndýrðir; hann vas mestr konungr flestra; drótt nemi mærð. Guðs ríðari má greitt létta stríðum gumnum; rǫskr Óláfr þiggr allt, sem œskir, af gram sólar.

I am eager to compose a refrain, if I can, because the prince attained manly qualities; he was the greatest king among most [rulers]; may the court receive the praise poem. God’s knight [SAINT = Óláfr] can easily alleviate afflictions for men; brave Óláfr gets all he desires from the king of the sun [= God].


[3] drótt nemi mærð ‘may the court receive the praise poem’: This cl. may mean ‘may the court receive the poem’ in the sense of giving the poet a hearing, or, more actively, ‘may the court learn the praise poem’.



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